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The Results of Cassie's Unicorn Egg Contest

on Saturday, 08 January 2011 08:23. Posted in 2011

Oops!  This should say from 2011, but I can't fix it, so just assume I'm stupid. In any case, I am back from my holiday and I have news about many things, but the most important today is to note that the Cassie’s Unicorn Egg Contest is now closed.

The winners of both autographed Secret Circlebooks and the two Grand Prize Winners, who won the two exquisite Unicorn Eggs have been notified, and will, I hope, send me their addresses.  I also hope the Grand Prize Winners find the sparkling Unicorns and the beautiful gold and white “shells” of their eggs as delightful as I do.

My sincere thanks to everyone who entered this contest, and to everyone who wrote that they would like to see a sequel to the Secret Circlebooks.  For those of you who haven’t seen the news about it, that Secret Circle novella blossomed into a potential full-sized book, so I am not putting it on the Internet anywhere, but am hoping to finish it so that everyone can read it.

If you didn’t win this time, well, the Black Rose contest is already up--and those roses are truly gorgeous, not to mention the autographs that go along with them.  The golden Perfect Rose Grand Prize has to be seen to be believed . . . and one lucky winner will get both kinds of roses.  I just have to give public thanks to my genius Administrator for his super work displaying the prizes!

Happy 2011 to all . . . March and The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight is right around the corner 

Post-Script: By the way, I don’t know a single thing about the progress or abortion of The Secret Circle option by the CW.  Maybe my agent can find something out for me; if so I’ll blog it.

Dedicated to Ms. Gillette and Her Class

on Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:13. Posted in 2011

I bought a lovely necklace a few weeks ago, and met a lovely, charming woman who, like me, had been a teacher.  She told me a wonderful thing: that her daughter, Ms. Gillette, a teacher also, used The Vampire Diaries books to help encourage students to want to read.  My heart melted like butter.  I knew that some teachers I met in grad school or while teaching use my books, but not that this stranger was doing it as well.

I can’t tell you how many emails I have gotten that say, in essence, “I didn’t like to read before I found your books.  Now I love reading and devour all sorts of books.”  And each of these messages causes my heart to melt as well.  (I’m not sure how it hardens up again, but it’s probably when I read a newspaper or even glance at the headlines on Yahoo or Google about the war, the economy, or other cheery subjects.)

But I want to dedicate today’s blog to Ms. Gillette, and all other teachers out there who are doing the same thing.  To me, reading is an unparalleled pleasure, more fun than TV, movies or even texting my friends all day.  I usually read several books at once: one for research for my own books, one new book for enlivening some of the short time when I’m not writing, one old and waterlogged  book in the bathtub, and one book on my nightstand for reading before I go to sleep.  (That is, for the few times that I actually go up to bed to sleep instead of falling unconscious upon my keyboard with visions of vampires dancing in my head.) `

Incidentally, my agent has indeed rustled up some news about the CW’s option on The Secret Circle.  It seems that a script has been completed—and I will actually get to see it soon.  I can’t divulge any details about it but frankly I’m thrilled to be allowed to see the script.  I am still quite uncertain about the project’s completion: in this business it’s best not to get your heart set on something this early.  I believed in the Vampire Diaries show the day the pilot appeared on TV—because I knew Mr. Williamson.

One more thing: I realize that everyone wants a black rose.  But may I ask you to please, please read the contest rules.  I am getting hundreds of entries with Contest!!! or some such in the subject line.  These are wasted entries: they won’t be with the others that say BLACK ROSE CONTEST (or [BLACK ROSE CONTEST] or Black Rose Contest—all these are fine—when I alphabetize the entries to give to the attorney who randomly picks the winners.

Okay, and another thing.  I am still desperately seeking the second Grand Prize Winner in the Cassie’s Unicorn Egg Contest.  Pamela H. from Texas, check your email!  In one more week, the Grand Prize will be awarded to one of the book winners!